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Billy Dukes

Billy Dukes' music background includes jobs as Music Director and night DJ at WQDR 94.7 in Raleigh, N.C., writer for Recoil Magazine, a monthly out of Grand Rapids, Mich., and writer for the Kalamazoo Gazette, in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Western Michigan University graduate followed a girl to Raleigh in 2006, and wisely married her one year later. They live in northeast Wake County with their two dogs Daisy and Clementine and their son. In his free time Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling, and exploring nature.
Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood Fan Undeterred by Lightning Strike, Hot Plate Burn, Seizure

Carrie Underwood, meet your most loyal fan! At Country Fest in Cadott, Wisc. over the weekend, Gage Stroening did all he could to see the Underwood -- and meet Randy Houser -- after being jolted by lightning and stepping on a red-hot hot plate. Following a brief seizure and visit to the emergency room, the Minnesota man was back at Country Fest.

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Colt Ford
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Heavy Influence: How Colt Ford Has Helped Shape Modern Country Music

Would Florida Georgia Line be thriving today if Colt Ford had struggled before them? That's a big question -- one that isn't meant to discredit anything Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard have accomplished in the two years since 'Cruise' became the most popular song since 'Happy Birthday.'

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Carrie Underwood
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Remember When Carrie Underwood Was (Sort of) on ‘Sesame Street’? [Watch]

At least it looked like Carrie Underwood. In fact, this "girl" even sounds like Carrie Underwood. Take a look … you'll see there’s something about this ’Sesame Street’ character that isn’t quite right.

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Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore
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Brantley Gilbert and Justin Moore Preview Motley Crue Covers [Listen]

Fans will have to wait until August to hear the full versions of Brantley Gilbert and Justin Moore’s Motley Crue covers, but both singers have released teasers early. Gilbert sings ‘Girls, Girls, Girls,’ while Moore plans to make ‘Home Sweet Home’ his next single.

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Leah Turner, Brad Paisley
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Leah Turner’s Taking Notes While on Tour with Brad Paisley

Leah Turner is a country newcomer who's humble enough to realize she’s working for one of the greatest of all time. And she’s taking notes. The ‘Pull Me Back’ singer says Brad Paisley has been nothing but kind to her and her crew.

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Dierks Bentley, Brett James + More Share Stories Behind the Hits at PBS ‘Front and Center’ Taping

The CMA Songwriters Series celebrated its 10th anniversary on Wednesday night (June 25) with a taping of the PBS 'Front and Center' series in Nashville. Dierks Bentley was the night's featured artist, but songwriters like Brett James and Jon Randall played hits by Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney and more.

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Randy Houser
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Randy Houser Saddles Up for ‘Like a Cowboy’ Video – Exclusive Pictures

The new video for Randy Houser's 'Like a Cowboy' will find the singer as far from his natural habitat as one could imagine, or so it'd seem. Houser plays a drover in the new clip. An all-star casts surrounds him, but it's the Mississippi-born singer's handling of a horse and a herd that will leave fans amazed. Preview the video with this photo gallery, exclusive to Taste of Country.

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Dierks Bentley Danielle Bradbery
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World Cup Fever: Dierks Bentley, Danielle Bradbery + More Cheer on Team USA

As Team USA prepared for their 2014 Word Cup match against Germany, country artists like Dierks Bentley and Chase Rice stopped what they were working on to cheer on the boys in white, and perhaps watch the game. Stars took to Twitter to fire up Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore and company.

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